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Will 2019 be the Year Your Clients Ask for Solar PV Battery Storage?

Erica Charles · 14 Dec 2018

With 11 days to go until Christmas, Michelle Obama has launched her bid to join Christmas bestseller lists across the globe, Simon Cowell et al have launched their usual bid for the Christmas Number 1 song slot, and the nation prepares once more to vote in the Strictly Come Dancing final tomorrow.

A similar end-of-year flurry is taking place in the Solar PV Battery Storage market, all with a view to turbo-charging the market in 2019.

In the last few weeks:

  • Tesla has unveiled the latest version of the Tesla Powerwall 2 Backup Gateway. 

    It provides energy management, monitoring and communication.  It enables solar self-consumption and time-based control, and can be controlled via the Tesla mobile app. New features include fast data, improved connectivity, and the ability to work with 3 phase homes that will enable up to 10 Powerwalls to be connected on-grid and up to 4 Powerwalls for single phase back-up when the grid goes down.

    We are expecting the Backup Gateway 2 in the UK in Q2. 

  • EDF has teamed up with Powervault to offer discounted battery storage in return for helping them to balance supply and demand in the Grid.
  • Social Energy is preparing to invoke total disruption using their new AI home battery / energy trading platform.  Artificial Intelligence will enable batteries to predict home usage and to carry out thousands of energy trades a year, storing, trading and sharing energy amongst members of the ‘Social Energy’ community. Social Energy claims that you will be able to chop a whopping 70% off your electricity bill. More on this in the new year.

Will your clients start asking for solar PV battery storage in 2019?

All of these developments bode well for the battery storage market in 2019, and for the wider electricity market revolution.

Will your clients start asking for solar PV battery storage in 2019? If so we would of course be happy to help with specifications and quotes.

As we sign out of 2018 with our last blog of the year, we’ll leave you with one final thought, courtesy of Social Energy’s website:

“Energy Trading is No Longer for Fat Cats”.

Hard not to love a bit of anarchy.  2019 is going to be a blast.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year, from all at Spirit Energy!


Christmas tree against snowy landscape with fir trees



Topics: Battery storage, Solar PV